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Dr. Eric Kaplan answered:

Getting black stool during early pregnancy is serious?

If you have taken

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pepto bismol or are on iron pills for anemia, this may be the cause of the black stools. if neither, should discuss with your OB promptly
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Is it normal to have black stool while 33 weeks pregnant? I take prenatals on a daily bases.

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I would predict that your prenatal vitamins have iron in them. Iron can lead to black stools. This is most likely normal.
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I'm 15 weeks pregnant and have black stool the last two times. I'm not on any iron supplements. What could be the cause if this?

Iron or blood

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If you are taking prenatal vitamins, which have extra iron in them, you might have this occur. Alternatively, you might have bleeding somewhere in your gastrointestinal tract (ex:bleeding ulcer) that should be further evaluated and worked-up.
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Dr. You Sung Sang answered:

36weeks pregnant,occasionally havin black poop stain in my undies.is this fecal incontenence?i have gerd&taking iron supp 2xa day.having black stool?

Could be the iron

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Black stools are common when someone is on iron supplements but your doctor should make sure there isn't any blood in it.
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i am 14 weeks pregnant. i am having black stools from the very next day i started my iron tabs, but no pain or constipation, will it effect my baby.?

Probably not

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Iron supplements will turn your stool black and correcting the anemia is safer for your baby than not. The assumption here is that the black stools are from the iron pills and not from bleeding from an unknown as yet site. Confirm with your OB Gyn
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27wks pregnant.noticed black stool today. have constipation from before preg. havnt taken iron tab for 2days. Havnt eaten beetroot.shud I b concerned?

Possibly

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Black stools, usually sticky and foul smelling, may be a sign of gastrointestinal bleeding. Iron supplements and Pepto Bismol will turn the stool color black even 2 days after taking it. If it continues you should have your stool checked for blood.
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What could cause black stools during the menstrual cycle?

Bleeding ulcer

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Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, which are commonly taken for cramps, can cause the lining of the stomach and small intestine to wear down and an ulcer to form. The ulcer can ooze blood, which turns the stool black like tar. Also, Pepto Bismol or iron supplements are common causes. In any case, get it evaluated before any more blood might be lost!
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Black stools during the menstrual cycle--from uterus or bowel?

Bowel

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Black stools can be caused by dietary changes, supplements or bleeding in the bowel. If this happens every month, you should get it checked out. It could be related to endometriosis but you need to rule out bowel problems like colitis, polyps or even cancer.
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Dr. Peter Wilk answered:

I have ablack stool during 2 month after birth my baby i have natural delivary is black stool is bad or not? what is reason

Probably not

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Most of the time black stool is not of concern. Lots of things can make stool black - iron pills, Pepto Bismal,, etc. So unless it continues, don't worry. However, bleeding from the upper intestinal track - ulcers, polyps, inflammation does turn stool black. So, if it continues and you are not on iron post-delivery, do see a doctor. Tests can easily determine if you have a problem. Peter Wilk, MD
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Black stool?

Could be serious!

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Black stools can be from several things. The most worrisome would be from blood in the stool, which can be from stomach irritation (gastritis/ulcer) or more serious problems like colon infections or even cancer. Especially if you are older or have a family history of colon problems, see someone as evaluation may be needed. Other causes can be iron taken as a supplement, or pepto-bismol
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